Alternative Medicine: Selection from Dr. Mercola's Web Publications


How Well Can You Score on This Simple Longevity Test?

  1. How well you can sit and rise from the floor, without using assistance form your hands, knees or other body parts, may predict your risk of dying prematurely in the next six years.
  2. Those who scored the lowest, requiring the most assistance to sit and rise from the floor, were 6.5 times more likely to die during the study period than those who scored the highest.
  3. The “sitting-rising test” measures your fitness at the most basic level, testing not only muscular strength but also flexibility, balance and motor coordination. All of these attributes are essential for day-to-day living, and for maintaining your independence as you age.
  4. You can extend not only the quantity of your years, but also the quality, by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle, involving diet, exercise, stress reduction and more.

 

Simple Tips for Improving Your Longevity

One of the key things you can do to extend not only the sheer quantity of your years, but more importantly the quality, is to make a few simple changes to your lifestyle. One of the most important changes is optimizing your insulin function through diet and exercise. Regulating your insulin and leptin levels in this way have been found to be key factors in slowing down the aging process. Consuming sugar and grains will increase your insulin level, which is the equivalent of slamming your foot on your aging accelerator. There's simply no more potent way to accelerate aging than sticking to a diet full of sugar and grains.

Previous research has shown that you can extend your lifespan by reducing your caloric intake, but the problem is that most people do not understand how to properly cut calories. In order to remain healthy, you have to cut out calories from a specific source – namely, carbohydrates.

Protein intake should be about one gram per kilogram of lean body mass or less than half a gram per pound of lean body mass. Most people are currently consuming two to three times this much. The key to success with this anti-aging strategy is not necessarily to reduce your calories but replace the missing carbs and protein with healthy fats such as butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, the fat from pastured animals, or nuts. Here are the rest of my top "anti-aging" recommendations:

  1. Proper Food Choices: For a comprehensive food guide, see my free nutrition plan. Generally speaking, you should focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods (organic vegetables, grass-fed meats, raw dairy, nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local sources, such as small organic farms near your home. For the best nutrition and health benefits, you will want to eat a good portion of your food raw. Personally, I aim to eat about 75 percent of my food raw, including raw eggs.
  2. Topping the list of foods to avoid is fructose. Eat plenty of natural, unprocessed salt with your food, as higher salt intake has been tied to longevity. I recommend Himalayan crystal salt. Also include liberal amounts of fermented foods in your daily diet, which are important for optimal immune function.
  3. Comprehensive Exercise Program, including High-Intensity Exercise like Peak Fitness: Even if you're eating the best diet in the world, you still need to exercise effectively to reach your highest level of health. This means incorporating core-strengthening exercises, strength training, stretching and high-intensity activities into your rotation. High-intensity interval training boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength and vigor. I've discussed the importance of Peak Fitness for your health on numerous occasions.
  4. Stress Reduction and Positive Attitude: You cannot be optimally healthy if you avoid addressing the emotional components of your health. Your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease, from heart disease and depression to arthritis and cancer. Effective coping mechanisms and stress management are major factors in promoting longevity, in part because stress has a direct impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic diseases that kill people prematurely. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), meditation, yoga, prayer, social support and exercise are all ways to help you maintain emotional equilibrium.
  5. The Right Amount of Sleep: Not only is sleep important in preventing illness, but recent research suggests it correlates with longevity as well. Not just enough sleep – but the right amount of sleep. In a 22-year twin study,7 adults who slept more than 8 hours per night, or less than 7, showed increased risk of death. Of course, the quality of your sleep is also important, not just the quantity.
  6. Proper Sun Exposure to Optimize Vitamin D: We have long known that it is best to generate your own vitamin D from sun exposure. If at all possible, I strongly urge you to make sure you're getting out in the sun on a daily basis during the months that UVB rays are able to penetrate the atmosphere. To learn more about how to determine when you can effectively generate vitamin D from sun exposure, please see my previous article, Little Sunshine Mistakes that Can Give You Cancer Instead of Vitamin D. During times when no UVB's are able to penetrate, and hence will not lead to vitamin D production, you can use a safe tanning bed or an oral vitamin D3 supplement. There is preliminary evidence suggesting that oral vitamin D may not provide the identical benefits, but it's still better than none at all.
  7. Take High-Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats: Animal-based omega-3 fats are a strong factor in helping people live longer. Many experts believe it's the predominant reason why the Japanese are the longest-lived race on the planet.
  8. Get your antioxidants from foods: Good sources include blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, beans, and artichokes. Many may also benefit by adding supplemental astaxanthin as a profoundly potent antioxidant.
  9. Use coconut oil: Another excellent anti-aging food is coconut oil, known to reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's disease, and lower your cholesterol, among other things.
  10. Avoid as Many Chemicals, Toxins, and Pollutants as Possible: This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.
  11. Avoid Prescription Drugs: Avoiding drugs and the conventional medical system is a good idea if you want to live a long and healthy life. According to data collected by the National Center for Health statistics, poisoning by prescription drugs has now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The most commonly abused prescription painkillers (including OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Soma) now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

Making sure your doctor is properly accredited is also important when you seek medical care. According to a book about degree mills, there are well over 5,000 doctors operating with fake medical degrees in the U.S., and people have died as a result. Additionally, more than half of all PhD degrees in the U.S. are reportedly fakes.

 

 

Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers

  1. Asmall but growing group of worm farmers are creating a natural fertilizer product known as “vermicompost,” which is said to improve plant growth and make plants more resistant to disease and insects than plants grown with other composts and fertilizers
  2. Worms’ digestive process naturally excretes beneficial microbes into the soil, which drastically alter the soil’s composition
  3. Whereas conventional farming and the use of synthetic fertilizers rapidly depletes the soil of nutrients, vermicompost helps restore microbial diversity -- and the worms can even transform manure waste from industrial farms into this valuable compost

 

Eat Half Avocado Daily to Help Slash Cholesterol

  1. A small pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6), compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado
  2. Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. They also provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid
  3. Previous research has found avocado can help optimize cholesterol levels within as little as one week; contains compounds that appear to inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells, and those that protect against liver damage
  4. The greatest concentration of beneficial carotenoids is in the dark green fruit of the avocado, closest to the peel, so use the “nick and peel” method to maximize the benefits from your avocado
  5. You can increase your avocado consumption by using it as a fat replacement in baking; add it to soups, dessert whips and countless other recipes; and use as a baby’s first food in lieu of processed baby food

 

Silence is Golden: Meditation

  1. Military cadets practicing transcendental meditation (TM) twice daily significantly reduced levels of stress, anxiety and depression.
  2. Positive changes, including improvements in critical thinking, mental resilience, and behavioral coping, were also noted among the meditating cadets
  3. Meditation acts as a form of “mental exercise” that can help regulate your attention and emotions, while improving well-being.
  4. Transcendental meditation is one of the most popular forms of meditation, practiced by millions of people around the world. It’s simple to perform. You choose a mantra that has meaning for you, sit quietly with your eyes closed, and repeat your mantra for a period of about 20 minutes, twice a day.
  5. New research suggests the beneficial brain changes from meditation persist even after the meditation session is over, resulting in enduring beneficial changes in mental function


The New Popular Healthy Protein Disaster, GE Salmon, Headed for Your Dinner Plate

  1. The FDA is getting closer to issuing final approval of the first genetically engineered food animal—a salmon designed to grow up to five times faster than normal. The draft environmental assessment is now open for public comment for 60 days
  2. FDA has allowed this GE fish to move forward based on tests of allergenicity of only six engineered fish, and those tests actually did show an increase in allergy-causing potential
  3. The environmental risks are also tremendous. In a previous Purdue University computer model that tracked the effects of releasing just 60 “Frankenfish” into a population of 60,000, there was a complete extinction of the normal fish in just 40 fish generations
  4. Alaska’s congressional delegation is united in its opposition against the approval of AquaBounty’s GE salmon, and Rep. Don Young has announced a plan to introduce legislation that will, at minimum, require GE salmon to be labeled

 

Diabetes Remission Possible with Diet, Exercise

  1. Year Study Uncovers the "Perfect Cure" for Diabetes
  2. In a four-year-long study, overweight and obese diabetics placed on a calorie-restrictive diet along with nearly three hours of exercise per week fared much better than controls
  3. After one year, 11.5 percent of the program participants no longer needed medication to keep their blood sugar levels below the diabetes threshold. Only two percent of the non-intervention group experienced any significant improvement in their condition
  4. Obesity has now become a greater global health crisis than hunger
  5. It is also the leading cause of disabilities around the world
  6. According to a national study there’s been a modest decline in obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds from poor families. While the cause for the drop is unclear, some of the potential contributors include a massive increase in breastfeeding over the past three decades, and reduced advertising of junk food to young children


What You Need to Know About the Different Forms of Mercury, the Next Generation of Mercury Testing, and How to Detox Safely

  1. Two primary forms of mercury are ethylmercury (inorganic mercury) which is primarily from dental amalgams, and methylmercury (organic mercury), which is they type found in fish.. In terms of toxicity, ethylmercury rates the highest. Methylmercury penetrates your body very well, but is slightly less toxic than the inorganic form, which is what you absorb from your dental amalgams.
  2. The two primary sources of mercury exposure are dental amalgam, and fish consumption, followed by thimerosal-containing vaccines, and mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants
  3. Traditional mercury testing includes hair-, blood-, and urine testing. Challenge tests using a chelating chemical such as intravenous DMPS or DMSA are also commonly used. However, all of these tests have drawbacks and shortfalls. A newer testing method called mercury speciation far surpasses all of these earlier tests. While these older tests primarily measured total mercury load (and inaccurately at that), this newer technology is able to separate and measure the different forms of mercury in your system, which allows you to determine both kidney function, and your primary source of exposure—either fish-based methylmercury, or the dental-based inorganic ethylmercury
  4. Your body is designed to detoxify naturally, and will do so quite efficiently as long as your entire detoxification system is working properly. Your glutathione system is an important part of your detox system, and foods high in glutathione precursors, such as whey protein, and sulfur-rich foods like garlic, are important for maintaining optimal functioning of your glutathione system


How a Physician Cured Her Son's Autism...

  1. In this interview, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride presents a truly fascinating and elegant description of the foundational conditions that contribute to autism, along with a pragmatic approach to help circumvent and stem the autism epidemic; the key is in your gut
  2. Your gut is the frontline of your immune system, home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health-physical, mental and emotional
  3. Nearly every disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  4. The GAPS protocol is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining by providing your body with the necessary building blocks needed for healthy enterocyte reproduction, and restoring balance to your gut flora

 

The Real Cause of Most Diseases - Your Gut Lining (Fix This or You Could Be a Sitting Duck)

  1. There is an emerging consensus that most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  2. Up to 85 percent of children with autism also suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal distress, and researchers are now beginning to look for links between gut flora, autism, and irritable bowel disease
  3. A first-of-its-kind study on human breast milk and its impact on infants’ gut flora gives new insight on why breast milk is better than formula at protecting newborns from infectious illness. Compared to infant formulas and regular milk, only breast milk appears to promote a healthy colonization of beneficial biofilms
  4. A healthy diet is the ideal way to maintain a healthy gut, and regularly consuming traditionally fermented or cultured foods is the easiest way to ensure optimal gut flora

 

One of the Worst Ways to Eat Eggs

  1. Eggs generally come from one of two sources: confined animal feeding operations or CAFO’s, where the hens are typically kept caged indoors, or smaller farms where the hens are not confined, but rather allowed to pasture freely
  2. Hens’ natural diet consists of seeds, green plants, insects, and worms. CAFO birds are primarily fed a diet of corn and soy-based feed; most of which is genetically engineered. The difference in diet makes the eggs they produce vastly different nutritionally
  3. You can tell the eggs are free range by the color of the egg yolk. Foraged hens produce eggs with bright orange yolks. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sure sign you’re getting eggs form caged hens that are not allowed to forage for their natural diet
  4. Free range eggs are truly an ideal food; it’s not only one of best proteins you can get, it’s also one of the least expensive. They’re best eaten raw, or soft-boiled. Scrambled eggs are the most damaged, and will not provide the same health benefits as raw or partially cooked eggs

 

Sidestep These Veggies - Even if They're Organic

  1. Most people are well aware that fresh conventionally-grown produce is more or less contaminated with pesticides. Less known is the now-common practice of coating fresh fruits and vegetables—including organic varieties—with edible plastic coatings to increase shelf life
  2. So-called modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) involves controlling or modifying the atmosphere surrounding the product to slow spoilage. This can be accomplished by coating the food with an edible film
  3. Four basic materials used for edible films are lipids, resins, polysaccharides and proteins, to which a variety of antimicrobials, plasticizers and texturizers are added
  4. These types of coatings present several potential health hazards, the most severe of which is the potential to promote the growth of foodborne pathogens if misapplied

 

Eating This Can "Tear Holes" in Your Gut

  1. Grains contain anti-nutrients and lectins that can damage your gut, and humans did not consume them until relatively recently in biological time
  2. We’re often told that whole grains are healthy, but the high-fiber bran portion of grain -- the part that makes it a whole grain -- actually contains many of the anti-nutrients
  3. There is a sizeable body of scientific evidence showing that grains, as well as legumes, contain anti-nutrients that may increase intestinal permeability and cause leaky gut and associated symptoms
  4. Eliminating grains (and sugars) from your diet, while introducing traditionally fermented foods, can help prevent leaky gut as well as other chronic health conditions

 

First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death

  1. First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death
  2. A two-year long French feeding study designed to evaluate the long-term health effects of a genetically engineered corn found that rats fed Monsanto’s maize developed massive breast tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems. The major onslaught of diseases set in during the 13th month
  3. Female rats that ate genetically engineered corn died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly, while the male GE-fed rats had tumors that occurred up to a year-and-a-half earlier than rats not fed GE corn
  4. According to results from a 10-year long feeding study on rats, mice, pigs and salmon, genetically engineered feed causes obesity, along with significant changes in the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more
  5. The EPA admits there’s “mounting evidence” that Monsanto’s insecticide-fighting YieldGard corn is losing its effectiveness in the Midwest. Last year, rootworms resistant to the toxin in the genetically designed corn infested fields in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska
  6. Genetically engineered foods are responsible for development of resistant weeds and pests; increased pathogenic virulence; degradation of soil quality; reduced nutrient content in food; exponential rise in infertility and birth defects; and reduced crop yields, and more

 

NEW Urgent Warning to All Cell Phone Users

  1. The biological impact of your cell phone is not related to its power, which is quite weak, but rather to the erratic nature of its signal and its ability to disrupt resonance and interfere with DNA repair
  2. Serving as an illustrative warning of the potential for your cell phone to cause cancer is the case of a young woman with no other predisposing risk factors for cancer who developed multi-focal breast cancer directly beneath the area of her breast where she’d been tucking her cell phone into her bra
  3. Earlier research has shown that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken an area of your pelvis, and cell phone radiation has also been found to affect men's sperm count, and the quality and motility of their sperm
  4. As a general rule, you’ll want to avoid carrying your phone anywhere on your body. The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna, especially when it is put next to soft tissue such as in your pant or shirt pocket, or worse yet, in a woman’s bra

 

Why this Single Organ Powerfully Dictates Whether You're Healthy or Sick

  1. Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. It is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.
  2. Most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  3. The GAPS protocol is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining by providing your body with the necessary building blocks needed for healthy enterocyte reproduction, and restoring balance to your gut flora. Basic dietary details are included

 

How to Starve Cancer Out of Your Body - Avoid These Top 4 Cancer-Feeding Foods

  1. Dr. Christine Horner, a board certified general- and plastic surgeon, shares her extensive knowledge about breast cancer—its causes and its cures, and the pro’s and con’s of various screening methods
  2. There are many all-natural cancer-prevention strategies, and research shows that most of them can cut your risk in half. Consequently, by implementing multiple strategies, you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer as well as other chronic disease
  3. Your diet is the one of the best ways to either feed or prevent cancer. Processed foods, soft drinks, red meat from CAFO-raised animals, trans fats, all forms of sugar, and any food containing or contaminated with xenoestrogens promote cancer growth. Plant foods, particularly cruciferous vegetables and flax seed, as well as many herbs and spices are cancer-preventive
  4. Healthy fats of particular importance for cancer prevention are omega-3 and omega-9, which effectively slow down tumor growth in estrogen-sensitive cancers such as breast-, prostate- and colon cancers

 

 

Why this Single Organ Powerfully Dictates Whether You're Healthy or Sick

  1. Your gut serves as your second brain, and even produces more serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does. It is also home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional.
  2. Most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  3. The GAPS protocol is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining by providing your body with the necessary building blocks needed for healthy enterocyte reproduction, and restoring balance to your gut flora. Basic dietary details are included

 

NEW Urgent Warning to All Cell Phone Users

  1. The biological impact of your cell phone is not related to its power, which is quite weak, but rather to the erratic nature of its signal and its ability to disrupt resonance and interfere with DNA repair
  2. Serving as an illustrative warning of the potential for your cell phone to cause cancer is the case of a young woman with no other predisposing risk factors for cancer who developed multi-focal breast cancer directly beneath the area of her breast where she’d been tucking her cell phone into her bra
  3. Earlier research has shown that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken an area of your pelvis, and cell phone radiation has also been found to affect men's sperm count, and the quality and motility of their sperm
  4. As a general rule, you’ll want to avoid carrying your phone anywhere on your body. The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna, especially when it is put next to soft tissue such as in your pant or shirt pocket, or worse yet, in a woman’s bra

 

First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death

  1. A two-year long French feeding study designed to evaluate the long-term health effects of a genetically engineered corn found that rats fed Monsanto’s maize developed massive breast tumors, kidney and liver damage, and other serious health problems. The major onslaught of diseases set in during the 13th month
  2. Female rats that ate genetically engineered corn died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly, while the male GE-fed rats had tumors that occurred up to a year-and-a-half earlier than rats not fed GE corn
  3. According to results from a 10-year long feeding study on rats, mice, pigs and salmon, genetically engineered feed causes obesity, along with significant changes in the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, genitals and more
  4. The EPA admits there’s “mounting evidence” that Monsanto’s insecticide-fighting YieldGard corn is losing its effectiveness in the Midwest. Last year, rootworms resistant to the toxin in the genetically designed corn infested fields in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska
  5. Genetically engineered foods are responsible for development of resistant weeds and pests; increased pathogenic virulence; degradation of soil quality; reduced nutrient content in food; exponential rise in infertility and birth defects; and reduced crop yields, and more

 

Eating This Can "Tear Holes" in Your Gut

  1. Grains contain anti-nutrients and lectins that can damage your gut, and humans did not consume them until relatively recently in biological time
  2. We’re often told that whole grains are healthy, but the high-fiber bran portion of grain -- the part that makes it a whole grain -- actually contains many of the anti-nutrients
  3. There is a sizeable body of scientific evidence showing that grains, as well as legumes, contain anti-nutrients that may increase intestinal permeability and cause leaky gut and associated symptoms
  4. Eliminating grains (and sugars) from your diet, while introducing traditionally fermented foods, can help prevent leaky gut as well as other chronic health conditions

 

Sidestep These Veggies - Even if They're Organic

  1. • Most people are well aware that fresh conventionally-grown produce is more or less contaminated with pesticides. Less known is the now-common practice of coating fresh fruits and vegetables—including organic varieties—with edible plastic coatings to increase shelf life
  2. So-called modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) involves controlling or modifying the atmosphere surrounding the product to slow spoilage. This can be accomplished by coating the food with an edible film
  3. Four basic materials used for edible films are lipids, resins, polysaccharides and proteins, to which a variety of antimicrobials, plasticizers and texturizers are added
  4. These types of coatings present several potential health hazards, the most severe of which is the potential to promote the growth of foodborne pathogens if misapplied

 

One of the Worst Ways to Eat Eggs

  1. • Eggs generally come from one of two sources: confined animal feeding operations or CAFO’s, where the hens are typically kept caged indoors, or smaller farms where the hens are not confined, but rather allowed to pasture freely
  2. Hens’ natural diet consists of seeds, green plants, insects, and worms. CAFO birds are primarily fed a diet of corn and soy-based feed; most of which is genetically engineered. The difference in diet makes the eggs they produce vastly different nutritionally
  3. You can tell the eggs are free range by the color of the egg yolk. Foraged hens produce eggs with bright orange yolks. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sure sign you’re getting eggs form caged hens that are not allowed to forage for their natural diet
  4. Free range eggs are truly an ideal food; it’s not only one of best proteins you can get, it’s also one of the least expensive. They’re best eaten raw, or soft-boiled. Scrambled eggs are the most damaged, and will not provide the same health benefits as raw or partially cooked eggs

 

 

The Real Cause of Most Diseases (Fix This or You Could Be a Sitting Duck)

  1. There is an emerging consensus that most disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  2. Up to 85 percent of children with autism also suffer from some kind of gastrointestinal distress, and researchers are now beginning to look for links between gut flora, autism, and irritable bowel disease
  3. A first-of-its-kind study on human breast milk and its impact on infants’ gut flora gives new insight on why breast milk is better than formula at protecting newborns from infectious illness. Compared to infant formulas and regular milk, only breast milk appears to promote a healthy colonization of beneficial biofilms
  4. A healthy diet is the ideal way to maintain a healthy gut, and regularly consuming traditionally fermented or cultured foods is the easiest way to ensure optimal gut flora

 

How a Physician Cured Her Son's Autism...

  1. In this interview, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride presents a truly fascinating and elegant description of the foundational conditions that contribute to autism, along with a pragmatic approach to help circumvent and stem the autism epidemic; the key is in your gut
  2. Your gut is the frontline of your immune system, home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health-physical, mental and emotional
  3. Nearly every disease originates in your digestive system. This includes both physical and mental disease. Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and make your digestive system work properly again, disease symptoms will typically resolve
  4. The GAPS protocol is designed to restore the integrity of your gut lining by providing your body with the necessary building blocks needed for healthy enterocyte reproduction, and restoring balance to your gut flora

 

 

Two "Forbidden Foods" That Can Give You Instant Energy

  1. One food that is often shunned for its high saturated fat content is coconut oil. However, it has many spectacular health benefits such as promoting heart health, weight loss, immune system health, thyroid function and more.
  2. Microorganisms are often feared as dangerous, however, fermented foods are among the healthiest foods. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of environmental toxins, including pesticides and and heavy metals
  3. 10 nutritious "superfoods" that can up the ante on your diet include fermented veggies, fermented beverages, kale, sardines, whey protein, organic eggs, coconut oil, avocado, raw organic butter, and pomegranate

 

Half a Cup of Yogurt Will Help Improve the "Inner Ecosystem" of Your Gut

  1. The bacteria in your body outnumber your human cells 10-to-1. The ideal balance between these bacteria is about 85 percent “good” and 15 percent “bad.” Once harmful bacteria begin to rise above this ratio, they begin to promote disease, and prevent your immune system from working optimally
  2. Bacteria communicate with each other using a chemical language called “quorum sensing.” Every type of bacteria secretes small molecules, which allow the bacteria to “count” how many of its own kind there are, as well as measure the strength of competing colonies. Once the colony reaches critical mass, the bacteria spring into action as a synchronized group, based on the group behavior programmed into its genes—for better or worse.
  3. The micro-organisms living in your digestive tract forms a very important "inner ecosystem" that influences countless aspects of your health. More specifically, the type and quantity of organisms in your gut interact with your body in ways that can either prevent or encourage the development of many diseases and mental health problems
  4. Cultured foods like yogurt and fermented vegetables are excellent sources of natural, healthy bacteria, provided they are not pasteurized. Other examples of healthy fermented foods include: kombucha, raw milk cheeses, natto, miso, kimchee, and tempeh

 

This Exercise-Error Can Actually Make You Sick

    1. Part of creating optimal fitness is recovery. An equation to keep in mind is that as exercise intensity increases, the frequency can be diminished
    2. Commonly overlooked signs that you may be exercising too much include feeling exhausted rather than energized after your session, getting sick easily, “feeling blue,” insomnia or needing excessive amounts of sleep, “heavy” legs, frequently losing your temper, or muscle soreness that lasts for days
    3. High intensity exercises should not be done more than three times per week. When you work your fast-twitch fibers, it takes about 48 hours for that fiber to heal and fully recover. This is twice the recovery time needed for long and slow exercise, which only work your slow-twitch fiber. These can typically heal in just one day
    4. Once you’re fit, recovery actually becomes MORE important, and if you’re doing high intensity exercises, your recovery period could be anywhere from three to seven days

 

The Brain-Slowing Toxin Nearly Everyone is Exposed to But Hardly Anyone Thinks About

  1. In the largest study to date of its kind, researchers found in utero and childhood exposures to flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) were associated with neurodevelopmental delays in school-age children
  2. As many as 97 percent of all Americans have significant levels of PBDEs in their blood, which makes in utero exposure highly likely; up to 80 percent of children’s products, including 60 percent of car seats, also contain PBDEs and other chemicals.
  3. PBDEs easily leach from consumer products and are released into the environment during manufacturing, where they persist and accumulate in your body.
  4. PBDEs have also been linked to decreased fertility, thyroid problems and liver toxicity.
  5. Your mattress is likely to be one of your most significant exposures to PBDEs, as all U.S. mattresses are required to be highly flame retardant; look for a chemical-free, organic or 100% wool mattress for yourself and your child instead.

 

Riskier than You Think: This Exercise Favorite Can Shorten Your Life

  1. Extreme endurance cardio, such as marathon running, actually damages your heart, and can negate the health benefits you’d otherwise reap from a regular fitness program. Research has shown that once you reach 40-50 minutes of vigorous exercise per day, the benefits from your efforts plateau, and further efforts do not convey further improvements in life expectancy
  2. Extended extreme cardio sets in motion inflammatory mechanisms that damage your heart. So while your heart is indeed designed to work very hard, and will be strengthened from doing so, it’s only designed to do so intermittently, and for short periods—not for an hour or more at a time
  3. Veteran endurance athletes have a five-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation, a dangerous irregular heart rhythm. Worse yet, some endurance athletes also present ventricular tachycardia, which can lead to ventricular fibrillation—a leading cause of sudden cardiac death
  4. To optimize the health benefits from running, you’ll want to run 5-20 miles per week—the ideal amount being 10-15 miles per week. Once you reach 25 miles or more per week, the benefits actually disappear. Running too fast (faster than 8 miles per hour) or more than five times per week also negates the health benefits of running
  5. The best survival rates among runners are in those who run at a slow to average pace for a total of 1 to 2.5 hours per week, divided between two to three runs per week

 

The #1 Social Factor Linked With a Long Life (NOT What You'd Expect)

  1. According to the preponderance of scientific data, the most important social factor predicting longevity is not your income, nor your race, nor whether or not you have health insurance—the most important predictive factor is your education
  2. Education appears to teach people how to delay gratification and how to plan for the future • Your social support system is also important if you wish to lead a long, healthy life; if you are socially isolated, you’re more likely to suffer from poor health and a shorter lifespan
  3. Other factors important for longevity include lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, sleep, frequency of prescription drug use, overall attitude and stress management skills

 

Too Little of This "Forgotten" Mineral Now Linked to Heart Attacks and More

  1. Up to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium, which is very difficult to measure with a blood test
  2. Magnesium guides a large number of important physiological functions, including creation of ATP, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function • Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke
  3. One of the best ways to optimize your magnesium level is by consuming plenty of organic green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. Foods with exceptionally high magnesium content include seaweed, coriander, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, and almond butter
  4. If you take a magnesium supplement, you also need to pay attention to your ratios of calcium, vitamin K2 and vitamin D, as these nutrients work together synergistically

 

Warning: If You Take Vitamin D Without This, You May Actually Harden Your Arteries

  1. Vitamin K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays an important role in cancer protection
  2. The biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also helps remove calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues
  3. The optimal amounts of vitamin K2 are still under investigation, but it seems likely that 180 to 200 micrograms of vitamin K2 might be enough to activate your body’s K2-dependent proteins to shuttle calcium to the proper areas
  4. If you take oral vitamin D, you also need to take vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries
  5. If you take a calcium supplement, it’s important to maintain the proper balance between calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D, and magnesium. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke

 

One of the Best Supplements to Help Fight Cold and Flu (No, it's Not Vitamin D)

  1. Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function
  2. Many are deficient in zinc due to mineral-depleted soils, drug effects, plant-based diets, and other diets high in grain
  3. Zinc deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu, chronic fatigue, depression, acne, low birth weight babies, learning problems and poor school performance in children, among others
  4. Foods highest in zinc are oysters, meat, poultry, nuts and seeds, and unsweetened chocolate (cacao)
  5. A zinc supplement is a simple, inexpensive way to augment your dietary intake of this important mineral, but make sure you choose a chelated form to ensure absorbability

 

Will the Natural Products Association Live Up to its Name in the Continued Fight for GMO Labeling?

  1. The Natural Products Association (NPA) is the leading trade association for the natural products industry, leading the charge in lobbying Capitol Hill and setting the standards. Yet it opposed California Prop. 37, which would have required genetically engineered products to be labeled and prevented GE-containing products from bearing the “natural” label
  2. Shockingly, the NPA’s Natural Standard for Personal Care Products certification does not actually prohibit genetically engineered (GE) ingredients... In fact, a product can contain 100% GE ingredients and still qualify for their Natural certification. This is in direct contradiction to the NPA’s statement that “a product labeled ‘natural’ should avoid any ingredient with a suspected human health risk”
  3. The NPA’s member list includes not just trusted natural and organic brands, but also some of the biggest pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the world—in essence some of the premiere opponents to all things natural and/or organic, such as Bayer, BASF and Dupont
  4. The Association still has an opportunity to do the right thing to protect consumers and its own members from growing distrust in the “natural” label. GE labeling supporter Roxanne Green from PCC Natural Markets--a certified organic retailer that supported Prop. 37—recently joined the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Chapter of the NPA
  5. PCC Natural Markets has already contributed $100,000 in support of I-522 to get it on the November 2013 ballot. The NPA Northwest also announced a $10,000 donation in support of the Washington labeling initiative

 

4 Keys to Healthy Aging: Study

  1. New research has found four key behaviors – not smoking, moderate drinking, exercising regularly, eating vegetables and fruits daily -- that lower your risk of disability, chronic disease and mental health problems as you age.
  2. Each of these strategies increased the odds of “successful aging” by up to 50 percent when used independently, but the best rewards came from following all of them simultaneously, which tripled the rate of successful aging.
  3. The more healthy habits you embrace, the higher your chances of aging “successfully” becomes; six more healthy aging strategies are also discussed.
  4. 6 Additional Healthy Aging Strategies to Add to Your Arsenal The bottom line is, the more healthy habits you embrace, the higher your chances of aging "successfully" becomes. And while the strategies listed above are all important, there are several others that I believe can benefit most people greatly as well.
    1. Avoid Sugar/Fructose
    2. High Intensity "Anti-Aging" Exercise like Peak Fitness
    3. Stress Reduction and Positive Thinking
    4. Take High-Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats
    5. Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels 6. Intermittent Fasting
    6. Normalize your insulin sensitivity, which is key for optimal health as insulin resistance (which is what you get when your insulin sensitivity plummets) is a primary contributing factor to nearly all chronic disease, from diabetes to heart disease and even cancer
      1. Normalize ghrelin levels, also known as "the hunger hormone"
      2. Promote human growth hormone (HGH) production, which plays an important part in health, fitness and slowing the aging process
      3. Lower triglyceride levels
      4. Reduce inflammation and lessening free radical damage

 

Help Swish Away Fungi, Bacteria, and Viruses in Your Mouth in Minutes

  1. Coconut oil is a powerful inhibitor of a large variety of pathogenic organisms, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa, largely due to its naturally high lauric acid content
  2. Researchers in Ireland found that coconut oil treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion, strongly inhibits Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants in your mouth that can lead to plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease
  3. Although a healthful diet (low in sugar, grains, and processed foods, and high in fermented vegetables, whole foods, and grass-fed meats) can improve your dental health, you may still experience problems with plaque
  4. Pathogenic oral bacteria and their toxins can harm more than just your mouth when they circulate through your bloodstream—they can potentially cause secondary infections and chronic inflammation throughout your body
  5. Two additional strategies may help reduce plaque buildup: consuming naturally fermented vegetables daily, and the use of a technique called oil pulling; over the last year, these two strategies have radially improved my own long-standing plaque problem

 

Human Intellect Backsliding From Lack of Evolutionary Pressure: Study

  1. The optimization of a vast arrav of genes related to intelligence may have peaked in the early stages of human evolution, when your ability to survive depended much more than now on your higher cognitive faculties
  2. Now that this evolutionary pressure is gone, genetic mutations that interfere with optimal intellectual function, or even contribute to disabilities, are becoming more common; it’s estimated that while there are anywhere form 2,000 to 5,000 genes that play a role in intellectual ability, all humans now have two or more mutations that may disrupt their intellectual or emotional stability
  3. On a personal level, you can impact your brain function and cognitive abilities by making simple tweaks to your lifestyle and daily routine

 



How to Easily and Inexpensively Ferment Your Own

  1. Your gut is home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, and maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good health—physical, mental and emotional
  2. Fermented or cultured foods, such as cultured vegetables are ideal for maintaining optimal gut health. Just one quarter to one half cup of fermented veggies, eaten with one to three meals a day, can have a dramatic, beneficial impact on your health—including potent detoxification from toxins and heavy metals
  3. Summary instructions for fermenting your own vegetables are included, along with a dozen special tips and tricks from the expert, Caroline Barringer

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